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Life on Mars: A Fistful of Knuckles by [Graham, Tom]
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About the Author

Tom Graham left school at 14 without qualifications. He is a smoker, and says that writing the Life on Mars novels is the nearest thing he’s had to a regular job since he got banned from driving. He part-owns a greyhound called Arthur and his ambition is to get fruity with Raquel Welch (to be clear about it, that’s Tom’s ambition, not Arthur’s).


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE7RG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved 'blood, bullets and blue stratos'. I could hear and see the characters as I read it. I'm afraid that was less true of this book, it was not, to me, such a faithful recreation of the series I loved. It was also, for me, rather gratuitously violent.
There are a smattering of errors that should have been picked up:

But Gene got hold of her waist, dragged her out, and flung him over his shoulder...

Denzil and Spider got into the word of illegal bare knuckle fights...

...what counts if that you'll be 'fessing up...

Also surely 'gotten' is an American word. It crops up a couple of times in this book.
However despite these niggles, it was an enjoyable read which held my attention for a pleasant afternoon.
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Another cracking read based on the continuing story of Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt. This one surrounds the world of underground bareknuckled boxing. Testosterone abounds in the macho world of the '70s as our team from CID set out solve the murder of a boxer.

As with the tv show the plot is not complicated, it's full of humour and tension as well as the wonderful supernatural storyline that runs through its heart. I loved the supernatural side of the show, and this book doesn't disappoint.

As with the first book, the characters of Gene Hunt, Sam Tyler, etc, are spot on. Every word of speech on the printed page is a clear voice of the character in my head.

Be warned, this Kindle version has a few minor errors and could do with a spot of proof reading to tidy it up a bit; wrong words such as "if" instead of "is", things like that. It could well be that these problems stem from the original printed material, but I don't have a hard copy to check against.

Because of this problem I toyed with the idea of subtracting one star, but on reflection it wasn't a big enough problem to detract from the immense enjoyment and entertainment this story gave me. As such, I decided it deserved a full five stars. If you loved the show, you'll love this book. Just beware the Devil in the Dark.
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Having read the previous book of this series, Blood, Bullets and Blue Stratos, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I couldn't wait to start this one in the hope that it would be as good. I wasn't disappointed!

The story started to develop the relationship between Sam and Annie Cartwright, which was handled really well, but there was plenty of the sort of action that we have come to expect in Gene Hunt's world, where all is not necessarily what it seems. If you watched the TV series and followed its successor Ashes to Ashes right to the very end of the final episode you will know what I mean. But even so, and allowing for the fact that this is more-or-less a fantasy world, the stories are brilliantly written and in such a way that you can forget that and just enjoy what you are reading.

I am already looking forward to the next book, Borstal Slags, which is downloaded onto the Kindle and ready to start at a moment's notice!
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I enjoyed being back in time with Sam, Gene and the gang. However, I thought the language was a little over the top and vulgar which is not in keeping with the series. The Test Card girl visits far too frequently and some scenes are a bit Stephen King for me....decaying bodies etc. The decision making by Sam does seem out of character at times too.
Its not as good as the first novel, but in fairness I still could nt put it down and have already ordered the next one.
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Better in many ways than the first book in my opinion. Better editing, better dialogue and a better storyline. Although there is still room for improvement, I enjoyed this and hope for more. I would really like to find out what happened to Sam and Annie in the end.
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This is the second in the series of the Life on Mars Books and really are a trip down memory lane in terms of characters, style, excitment and plot - extremely well worth the read if you enjoyed the TV series!!
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This excellent quartet of new tie-in novels entertainingly, fascinatingly and at times poetically develops linking mythology between the last episode of LIFE ON MARS and the beginning of ASHES TO ASHES. All the characters are represented with accuracy, humanity and humor, and the author, while certainly expanding the format for novelistic prose, also honors it assiduously, never leaving Sam Tyler's point of view (even though those of us who know the additional "answers" provided by ASHES TO ASHES realize that at this point he could) which makes the writing even more of a tour de force.

As to the writing: it's so accomplished, focused and genre savvy that I didn't buy the claim that the author was series co-creator Matthew Graham's brother, since "Tom" seems to have no other professional credits or even online existence; the author bio/picture display in the book is rather conspicuously an inside-joke concoction, so I went a-Googling to see if I could Gene Hunt down the actual wordsmith. It wasn't easy, but I did. The official LIFE ON MARS novelist is not one of the current generation of usual tie-in writers, which is in part why he's so well-camouflaged...or at least is until you flip the byline names. He's not Tom Graham; he's independently published British science fiction/fantasy novelist Graham Thomas, author of HATS OFF TO BRANDENBURG (The Roxy Compendium), among others (not to be confused with the late Canadian mystery author Gordon Kosakoski, who used that same by-line as a pseudonym). If you click to Graham's (slightly obsolete) bio on his website, The Never Press (as one word) dot-com, one of the sentences in it reads: "He is currently at work on a four-part mini-cycle that exists within a sixteen-part saga." (LIFE ON MARS ran for 16 episodes.)
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